This is a statement of no-response by Dror Bar-Natan, one of the authors of [BM1]. I do not plan to respond to Witztum's "refutation" of my joint work [BM1] with Brendan McKay. I read Witztum's "refutation", and I could reply to it line by line, if I wished. But I am a very slow writer and it would take me weeks to do a careful job. Right now I'm much more concerned about returning to full-time mathematical research before the damage my career already suffered will become irreversible, than about responding to Witztum's "refutation". Let me explain why. I got involved in the subject of "Bible Codes" for three reasons. First, I felt my discipline (mathematics) may have been abused and it was my public duty as a mathematician to respond. Second, I was asked to get involved by an individual I respect greatly. Above all, I was honestly curious to find the truth. Now, after I've done a great deal of work and participated in writing [BM1] and [BM2] (both major projects), and after I have seen much work by others and especially by my co-author Brendan McKay, my curiousity on the matter of "Codes" has waned, and Witztum's "refutations" of our work fail to re-awaken it. And it is clear to me that the main disciplines being abused by Witztum's writings are Judaism and Jewish history, more than mathematics. Sorry as I may be, there are many rabbis and historians who should feel even more sorry, and even more compelled to respond. I understand that several other people are going to write a reply to those few of Witztum's arguments (in his "refutation") that deserve one. It will appear here when it is ready. Dror Bar-Natan, Jerusalem, December 1997. [BM1] Bar-Natan and McKay, Equidistant Letter Sequences in Tolstoy's "War and Peace", available at http://cs.anu.edu.au/~bdm/dilugim/WNP. [BM2] Bar-Natan and McKay, On the Witztum-Rips-Rosenberg Sample of Nations, to appear soon at http://cs.anu.edu.au/~bdm/dilugim/Nations.
Picture Credits: NCADI and Brendan McKay.